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Charter Commission Talks

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Last year's talk about Deconsolidating Lafayette brought some issues to light, and one city-parish councilman wants them taken care of.

The last charter commission was made-up of 9 people - all non-council members. They last met in April of 2011.

Councilman Keith Patin says the group may be no more, but their issues are still relevant.

The group of nine formulated the proposal for deconsolidation, which failed at the polls last year. But from that work came a few suggestions.

Patin will present those suggestions before council Tuesday night. He says he's not calling for the commission to be reconvened. He just wants their recommendations to be heard.

Councilman Patin says one issue that has come to his attention is Lafayette Council members who don't live in Lafayette voting on Lafayette utility system affairs.

"It's owned by the people who live in the city of Lafayette. But, yet on many issues we have approval from council members who don't live in the city of Lafayette."

Patin says he's not calling to reconvene the charter Commission. He just wants to re-start a conversation on the issues that commission found.

"I'm not calling a specific reconvening of the charter commission.  This is just the first meeting we're going to have as far as possible changes, alterations or tweaks to the existing document.

According to LCG President Joey Durel the only boundary the council can give a charter commission is length of time they meet.

 Rene Allen

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